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Literature and Audiovisual Languages in Italy Today

Multipli Forti - Voices from Contemporary Italian Literature

April 11, 2024
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Italian Cultural Institute in New York
in collaboration with
FUIS (Italian Unitary Writers Federation)THE BRIDGE Prize – NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò – CUNY Hunter College – CIMA (Center for Italian Modern Art)RIZZOLI Bookstore


Multipli Forti
Voices from Contemporary Italian Literature


10-11-12 April, 2024

Round Table
Literature and Audiovisual Languages in Italy Today

Matteo B.Bianchi, author
Giulia Calenda, screenwriter
Giancarlo De Cataldo, author
Alice Urciuolo, writer/screenwriter

Introduced by Stefano Albertini, NYU
Moderated by Eugenio Refini (NYU) and Stefania Porcelli (CUNY)


The festival, promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute in New York directed by Fabio Finotti, and curated by Maria Ida Gaeta is an initiative to promote Italian literature aimed at the reading public and the international publishing world. It is a transatlantic window on major literary trends of Italian fiction, told by the authors who have written and are writing it.

The third edition in 2024 will feature: Francesca Archibugi, Annalena Benini, Matteo B. Bianchi, Giulia Calenda, Giulia Caminito, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Viola Di Grado, Alain Elkann, Emily Greenhouse, Isabella Hammad, Rea Hederman, Lorenza Honorati, Daniele Mencarelli, Andrea Molesini, Carmen Pellegrino, Saif Raja, Loretta Santini per Ada D’Adamo, Nadeesha Uyangoda, Alice Urciolo, Marina Valensise, Massimo Vallerani, Carlo Vecce.

We asked the guest authors – in conversation with each other and with American scholars, translators, editors and specialists – to reflect on six major themes of current literature. Each Multipli Forti event, at various places and times over the three days, will open with unpublished texts they have written as a response to these themes: (1) individual and collective destinies; (2) “Italianness”; (3) the encounter with reality; (4) myth; (5) bodies and power; (6) Genius loci.

In addition to these six topics of discussion, this third edition will also deal with an issue that is at the core of our contemporary literature, namely the interaction and interweaving of fiction with audiovisual languages. This will be the focus of the panel at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò. After discussing the complex relationships between literary works on the one hand, and audiovisual, film and television works on the other, we will have one other special event of this edition: The American premiere of the first two episodes of the television series on “La Storia” by Elsa Morante with English subtitles (Rai Fiction and Picomedia). The screening will be introduced by director Francesca Archibugi and screenwriter Giulia Calenda. The American translators of Elsa Morante’s books, Jenny McPhee and Ann Goldstein, and the American publisher who will republish “La Storia” will also be present.